The Rural Alaska Honors Institute hosted a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m., July 11, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Fifty rural and Alaska Native high school students, representing more than 30 communities across the state, graduated after six weeks of academics and on-campus living at UAF this year. They explored fields such as writing, library sciences, process technology, chemistry, business, math, recreation and, for the first time ever, Alaska Native languages. Six students also gained hands-on experience working on two different projects with UAF researchers.
Since its inception in 1983, RAHI has prepared more than 1,950 students for the rigors of higher education. Graduates have gone on to obtain 929 degrees and 187 certificates from not only from the University of Alaska but also other institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Brown universities, Dartmouth College and the universities of Notre Dame and California, Berkeley.
Mining is a growing force in Alaska’s economy, providing jobs for thousands of Alaskans and millions of dollars of personal income throughout Alaska. Alaska’s mining industry includes exploration, mine development, and mineral production. Alaska’s mines produce coal, gold, lead, silver, zinc, as well as construction materials, such as sand, gravel, and rock.
year AMA commissions the McDowell Group to research the economic impact
of Mining in Alaska. Continued investments by the mining industry
ensure Alaska’s continued economic growth.
Click here to read the current (2018) Economic Impact Report for Mining in Alaska
Alaska desperately needs Alaska-trained teachers and in response to
our growing teacher shortage, the University of Alaska has expanded its
support of the recruitment, preparation and retention of our state’s
To increase the recruitment and retention of teachers, the
Alaska Statewide Mentoring Project (ASMP) provides mentor support, this
year working with more than 150 early career teachers. UA supports
Educators Rising, a national organization that helps steer high school
students to the teaching profession.
More than 30 of our state’s school districts have Educators
Rising activity with hundreds of Alaska students involved and thinking
about becoming a teacher. UA is also offering and coordinating more
professional development for teachers, and through the Alaska College of
Education, we have stepped up its efforts to recruit, prepare and
retain teachers for Alaska.
Should young people today go to a 4 year university or enter the trades? Some students do both: Get a job through a technical program so they can make enough money to support their plan for college.
On May 7, 2019, Missy Fraze, Acting Director of Career and Technical Education for the Anchorage School District (ASD), and Denise Runge, Dean of UAA Community & Technical College, spoke with Alaska Public Media on the future of CTE in training a 21st Century workforce.
Many college students struggle with the balance of going to class and having to work to pay for their education. Rather than waiting until after graduation to start making money, students in the UAA Aviation Degree & Airline Pilot Employment program can now start working while finishing their education.
On Wednesday, UAA and Ravn Air Group announced the launch of a new program that allows students to simultaneously complete their aviation degree and work as regional airline pilots.
“The uniqueness is that the pilots come to us already qualified, but they are not yet finished with their undergraduate,” Ravn Senior Vice President of Flight Operations Deke Abbott said. “So they get credit for their undergraduate degree, while at the same time earning a living as a new commercial pilot.”
The program is a win-win for Ravn and for the students, UAA Director of Aviation Technology Paul Herrick said.
“The employment component is the different element of this, which we are really excited about,” he said. “Because students do want to get out and start making money, and start advancing their career with an actual air carrier.”
UAA’s aviation maintenance, piloting and air traffic control programs have been in place for nearly three decades and have supplied the aviation workforce in Alaska, Herrick said.